To coin an old phrase

Postal manager Kaye Rutley with a new coin. Photo: Joe Mastroianni

By Jessica Micallef

From vegemite to lamingtons, platypus to kangaroo. These are just a few Australian icons that have been immortalised on our $1 coins.

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt kicked off last week and Kyneton residents were the first to take a stroll down memory lane and learn about the icons chosen on the coins.

Australia Post has released a range of $1 coins, each with a letter of the alphabet and a famous icon to reflect Aussie life.

Everything from Australia’s favourite sports of footy and cricket, to our much-loved foods such as the classic meat pie are featured.

Australia Post consumer and community general manager Nicole Sheffield said Australians had a proud tradition of collecting a range of items.

“We want everyone to get involved in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt,” she said.

“Not only will it be really exciting to hunt for all the coins and build an amazing collection, but each and every coin opens up the opportunity for wonderful conversations about quintessential Australian life.”

The coins will be released in groups on a weekly basis until October 21 and can be found in your change at your local Australian Post Office.